AT & T Broadbands Phone Rollouts Soaring

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Denver-After catching heat from some analysts who feared that its switched-telephony rollout was losing steam, AT & T Broadband said it has surpassed the 60,000-subscriber mark for its cable-telephony service.

AT & T Broadband had about 40,000 cable-telephony customers as of March 31, and it would have had to increase its monthly installs by 20 percent per month to reach its stated goal of 400,000 to 500,000 telephony customers by the end of the year.

At the end of the first quarter, AT & T Broadband was installing switched local telephony subscribers at a rate of about 15,000 per month, or 500 customers per day. According to the company, it has boosted that install rate to 800 phone lines per day, a 60 percent increase.

"Demand for our telephone service is strong," AT & T Broadband president Daniel Somers said in a prepared statement. "In one of our markets-Aurora, Colo.-we have achieved 18 percent penetration after just 170 days in the market."

The MSO said in a prepared statement that it has averaged 1,000 telephony sales per day for the past six consecutive weeks.

AT & T Broadband added that average installs increased 7 percent in the first two weeks in May compared with the April weekly average.

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